During the years I spent toiling away safely ensconced in the hallowed confines of academia …. actively trying to feed my insatiable curiosity and thirst for knowledge… one thing I learned early on was when I would get unsatisfactory answers… it was almost always because I was looking at the issue incorrectly, and as a result had been askingthe wrong questions. I discovered that taking a step back, and reframing the issue often times was the key to obtaining the enlightenment I was seeking.
With that idea in mind let me say that so far this entire discussion over the 2012 Presidential election has been exceptionally frustrating…One reason for this is because so far the GOP debate roadshow has done nothing more than provide a fertile breeding ground for media cheap shots, contrived meaningless issues, misinformation, and candidate self-implosion. While our tireless, agenda driven 4th estate and the Republican candidates have been busy supplying the ongoing grist for the media slander machine, material for late night comics (also known as left wing news sources) and smug condescending remarks from the White House…we have allowed ourselves to become manipulated by the media-manufactured poorly contrived assignation of candidate viewpoints, morals, and motives. The end result is that we are no longer focused on what the point of this exercise is (you know the ‘big picture’) and now the big picture has been reframed by those who would prefer that we keep as busy as possible defending our candidates and bickering among ourselves …and in doing so, cause us to forget the one fact that is both highly pertinent… if not wholly dispositive in deciding who our next President should be. What do I mean?
While the GOP candidates repeatedly ask us all (and themselves) “who among us is the fairest of them all?” No one seems to notice that every one of the republicans running for office ….IS STANDING NEXT TO THE UGLY FAT GIRL! The reason Obama has decided to make the 2012 election about the “do nothing congress” is because the alternative requires him to run on his record. Shouldn’t the question really be: “Based upon his first 3+ years in office … what case can anyone make for Obama to be re elected?” (Instead of why should we vote for Ron Paul or Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich?) Instead of rushing to the defense of Mitt’s years at Bain and Co. or trying to explain Newt’s photo opps with Nancy Pelosi, or expending our energies defending something that once appeared in a Ron Paul newsletter 20 years ago… we need to STOP our Pavlovian responses to any criticism of the candidate we support and start shining the spotlight on the last 20 years of Obama’s life….We can’t forget we are STANDING NEXT TO THE UGLY FAT GIRL! We know who he is now … we have seen what he has done, we know what he will continue to do if given another 4 years…When we ask the right questions of the right people (person) there is no way for him not to be exposed as wholly unsatisfactory ….and wanting!
The media didn’t allow for him to be properly vetted in 2008 …but we have lots of the facts on who he is and where he came from, who influenced him and what his plans are now don’t we? I am sick and tired of discussing what we are being told to discuss and of placing importance on things we are told are important… aren’t any of you? The question here is more properly framed by asking “why should Obama be re-elected?” …isn’t it? Because when that question is asked…THEN we begin to get to the crux of the matter and the answers it will produce are wholly unconvincing